13th Annual

ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival

July 03, 2017 to July 08, 2017

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature Film - Narrative
Feature Film - Narrative Competition
(Any Genre: Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy, Film Noir, etc)

Open to all Narrative Films 70 minutes and over in length. This category is open to directors of all levels. Films in a language other than English must be subtitled.
Feature Documentary
Feature Documentary Competition

Open to all documentary films 70 minutes and over in length. This category is open to directors of all levels.

Films in a language other than English must be subtitled.
Short Film - Narrative
Short or Long Form Film - Narrative Competition
(Any Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Film Noir, Grind, etc)

Open to all Short or Long Form Films 69 minutes and under in length. This category is open to directors of all levels, including students.

Films in a language other than English must be subtitled.
Short Documentary
Short or Long Form Documentary Competition

Open to all Short or Long Form Documentary Films 69 minutes and under in length. This category is open to directors of all levels, including students.

Films in a language other than English must be subtitled.

**IMPORTANT NOTE TO SUBMITTING FILMMAKERS**

-WE'RE IN THIS TOGETHER- Any Filmmaker who does not enthusiastically promote his/her screening at ReelHeART (Print, Free Community Papers, Radio, TV, internet: including MySpace, FaceBook, Blogs, etc) is automatically subject to being pulled at the discretion of the festival.

We're not asking you to spend extra money, we're asking you to be passionate about your film and want to spend energy promoting and marketing your film from the moment of your acceptance notification.

-TIME CHEAT- Any filmmaker using the 'time-cheat-strategy' to enter his/her film, will be disqualified and the entry fee will NOT be reimbursed-

-SENDING YOUR FILM-
2 COPIES IN THE SAME ENVELOPE PLEASE! We require all entrants to send 2 copies of their films at the same time, in the same package. Personal drop-offs will not be accepted. We need a postmark-
Dance or Music Related Film
(Dance = Any Dance Form i.e. Ballet, Contemporary, Swing, Hip-Hop, Ballroom) ANY STYLE

(Music Related Film = Bio Pics, Profiles, Docs on Music Scene/Artists, Bands, Concerts, etc.) ANY GENRE

Open to all Dance or Music Related Films that are of ANY length. This category is open to directors of all levels, including students.

Onne of our most highly competitive categories! Who doesn't love music..?

Films in a language other than English must be subtitled.
Animated or New Media Film
Animation or New Media Film Competition

Open to all animated, new media and highly visual films of ANY length. This category is open to directors of all levels, including students.

Films in a language other than English must be subtitled.
Experimental Film
Experimental Film Competition

Open to all Experimental Films that are of ANY length. This category is open to directors of all levels, including students.

Films in a language other than English must be subtitled.
Music Video
Music Video Competition

Open to all Music Videos that are 10 minutes and under in length. This category is open to directors of all levels, including students.

Music Videos in a language other than English must be subtitled.
ReelHeART Feature Screenplay Competition
ReelHeART Feature Screenplay Competition

Entrants LOVE our FREE Feedback and our Live Cast-To-Type Script Reads in front of a Festival Audience.

Unlike most other Feature Script Competitions – Feedback is FREE* - We provide 1-3 pages of feedback on ALL scripts, not just the Winners.

This competition is open to screenplay writers of all levels. This competition is open to scripts of ALL Genres. Your script must be a "Feature Film" script.

This competition is open to screenplay writers of all levels. This competition is open to scripts of ALL genres. Your script must be a “Feature Film” script.

Please try to keep your script length to 120 pages MAX or less. We'll work with you to pare it down. We do have a margin that it can be over. But the shorter the better for all. A shorter script is more commercially viable.

UNLIKE 'other' Screenplay' Competitions, we do NOT Charge extra for full coverage. Your entry fee INCLUDES 1-3 pages of coverage to EVERYONE, not just the Winners. Your feedback will be emailed to you sometime between April and/or after the conclusion of the festival.

You heard the buzz. The excitement still hasn’t stopped. Submit your script Now!

• 2007 1st and 3rd Place Scripts were from the same Screenwriter, who got optioned, not once but TWICE
• 2008 2nd and 3rd Place Winners got interest from Hollywood and optioned
• 2009 2nd place screenwriter got top literary agent representation
• 2011 1st Place winner from Scotland was our 1st international Winner
• 2012 - All Top 3 Winners were WOMEN from Scotland/USA, England UK, and Africa/USA
• 2014 1st and 3rd Place Scripts were from the same Screenwriter, who got optioned and inked a SIX FIGURE deal in Hollywood
• 2015 1st Place Winning Screenwriting team are currently polishing their script for Agents
• 2016 Saw our very 1st full LGBTQ Feature Script in the Top 3

Please use ‘WARNER BROTHERS’ style set up in your Final Draft or script writing software.

If not using software, please format your script using the guideline for script formatting at Film School Online http://www.filmschoolonline.com/sample_lessons/sample_script_page.htm

*NB: This competition is separate from Feature Screenplay Competition with Producer Script Notes. That one does charge a fee from Producers
ReelHeART Short Screenplay Competition
ReelHeART Short Screenplay Competition

(Screenplays **MUST Be** 30 Pages or Less)

Entrants live our FREE Feedback and our Cast-To-Type Live Script Reads in front of a Festival Audience.

Word of Mouth is a Powerful thing. We thank all our past entrants who had a hand in helping us achieve this very important Milestone!

This competition is open to screenplay writers of all levels. This competition is open to scripts of ALL genres. Your script must be a “Short Film” script.

ReelHeART Short Screenplay Competition

Do NOT miss out on submitting your script for 2017!

The Top 3 winning short scripts will receive a rehearsed cast-to-type live read just like we do for our Top 3 Feature Screenplay Competition Winners.

1. Best TOP 3 Short Screenplay Prize Winners will receive a personalized Trophy or Medallion and POSSIBLY a SCREENWRITING related gift

This competition is open to screenplay writers of all levels. This competition is open to scripts of ALL genres. Your script must be a “Short Film” script.

* Please keep your script length to 30 pages or less
* Scripts longer than 30 pages will be automatically disqualified
* Save the Environment and help ReelHeART be a ‘green fest’ by sending your scripts via email OR via WAB

Please use ‘WARNER BROTHERS’ style set up in your Final Draft or script writing software.

If not using software, please format your script using the guideline for script formatting at Film School Online http://www.filmschoolonline.com/sample_lessons/sample_script_page.htm
©ReelTube Video Category
In this time of Webisodes, Point n Post and where anyone anywhere can upload, view and share user generated videos, ReelHeART takes it old school.

In 2009, ReelHeART decided to introduce web videos to its film festival audience to see if filmgoers are willing to see something on the big screen they can see anytime they want on the Internet.

The criterion for getting in the category is fairly simple. We ask that you DO NOT SUBMIT ANY unauthorized clips from television shows, films and music videos.

We also ask that you DO NOT SUBMIT videos containing pornography, nudity, defamation, harassment, commercial advertisements and material encouraging criminal conduct.

Your video has to be all original with only "fair use" of material (i.e. music, an image, a quote).

Your video has to have production values, i.e. Clear Video, Clean Audio and a STORY. This category also includes cinéma vérité.

Other than that, absolutely anything goes!

The Winner will be awarded a Best of Prize honor and that my friend, you can submit to other film festivals and eventually shop around to Hollywood…
Thesis Film Category
Calling all Thesis Filmmakers! Ok, so what have you done lately with that thesis film of yours?

Have you got a thesis film we should see?

Where has it screened? If it hasn’t screened in Toronto, Canada OR the Province of Ontario, we may be interested in seeing it.

The Thesis Film Category was introduced in 2009.

Your thesis film MUST have Production Values, i.e. Crisp Focus, Clean Audio and a STORY. This category also includes cinéma vérité.

The criterion for getting in the category is fairly simple. We ask that you DO NOT SUBMIT ANY unauthorized clips from television shows, films, books, magazines and music videos.

We also ask that you DO NOT SUBMIT thesis films containing defamation, harassment, commercial advertisements and material encouraging criminal conduct.

Your thesis film has to be all original with only "fair use" of material (i.e. music, an image, a quote).

Narrative, Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Underground - This category is wide open. Whatever you made as your thesis film, it’s eligible in this category.

You’ll need to write a brief intro letter that gives us details about you, your school program, the year you graduated (even if it was in the 1940s), the mark you got (high or low doesn’t matter it’s the content we’re interested in), and what you’ve done since making your thesis film.

If you haven’t made it to a film festival yet, why not make it one with ReelHeART…
ReelHeART Off The Shelf Category
ReelHeART “Off The Shelf” Category was introduced in 2008 for films of all genres that never saw the light of day, or never reached an audience shortly after the film was completed. Your film has to be MORE THAN 5 YEARS OLD to be eligible-

Over the past 12 seasons, ReelHeART has been impressed with the number of films we come across during our research that are quality films but we’ve never heard of before.

If your film passes our criterion for all of our other categories, we’ll put it thought the same screening and scoring process as our other submissions.

If your film is over 5 years old and you’d like to see how it matches up to its contemporaries, we urge you to submit your film today.

In 2011, our Winner of the "Off The Shelf" Competition, also won "BEST VENUE".
Feature Screenplay Competition with Producer Feedback
ReelHeART Feature Screenplay Competition

Entrants LOVE our Live Cast-To-Type Script Reads in front of a Festival Audience that brings their entire script to life for the best possible re-write.

This competition is open to Screenplay writers of all levels. This competition is open to scripts of ALL genres. Your script must be a “Feature Film” script.

Please try to keep your script length to 120 pages MAX or less. We'll work with you to pare it down. We do have a margin that it can be over. But the shorter the better for all. A shorter script is more commercially viable.

*NB: This competition is separate from Feature Screenplay Competition. This one does charge a fee from Producers who personally read your script. They do not use a 'reader'.

This is for the Screenwriter who has maybe taken off a few months to get a fast-paced polish of their script to get it into the hands of producers or to use it for funding or get it into pre-production within the year.

You will receive, right now, on the pulse, industry relevant feedback from one of 4 highly respected, award winning filmmakers, screenwriters, script doctors, story editors or producers.

You will get a minimum of 5 pages of direct notes that cut to the chase on what's needed to get to that shooting script and possibly a one-on-one email, phonecall or Skype Call.

You can submit up to 3 re-writes in the same or subsequent season at NO extra cost and still be eligible for Competition on any draft of your script.

Your feedback will be emailed to you sometime between April and/or after the conclusion of the festival.

You heard the buzz. The excitement still hasn’t stopped. Submit your script Now!

• 2007 1st and 3rd Place Scripts were from the same Screenwriter, who got optioned, not once but TWICE
• 2008 2nd and 3rd Place Winners got interest from Hollywood and optioned
• 2009 2nd place screenwriter got top literary agent representation
• 2011 1st Place winner from Scotland was our 1st international Winner
• 2012 - All Top 3 Winners were WOMEN from Scotland/USA, England UK, and Africa/USA
• 2014 1st and 3rd Place Scripts were from the same Screenwriter, who got optioned and inked a SIX FIGURE deal in Hollywood
• 2015 1st Place Winning Screenwriting team are currently polishing their script for Agents
• 2016 Saw our very 1st full LGBTQ Feature Script in the Top 3

Please use ‘WARNER BROTHERS’ style set up in your Final Draft or script writing software.

If not using software, please format your script using the guideline for script formatting at Film School Online http://www.filmschoolonline.com/sample_lessons/sample_script_page.htm
Best Action/ Adventure Film
Action, Adventure Film - Narrative - Competition

Open to all Feature Action, Adventure Film Films 70 minutes and over in length. This category is open to directors of all levels. We want blood, guts, car chases, drug deals gone bad, badass girls in bikinis with bad attitudes. Anything goes in this category as long as it keeps our pulse racing!

Films in a language other than English must be subtitled.

*ALL FILMS OF ANY KIND **MUST BE A PREMIERE**!

Any film of any kind that has screened in and / around Toronto and /or the Province of Ontario in any kind of screening that may have slipped through our due diligence research and into the notification process will be automatically pulled from the current year line-up. No refunds will be offered. No Exceptions!
Best LGBTQ Film
Best LGBTQ - Competition

Open to all Narrative Films and Documentaries of ANY LENGTH. This category is open to directors of all levels from all over the World. Films in a language other than English must be subtitled.

ReelHeART has been a longtime Supporter and Advocate of LGBTQ rights and Voices. Many films have won here and many careers have made a change in the community - "Freak", "Narcissist the Movie", "Hollywood To Dollywood". Will your film be next...?

*ALL FILMS OF ANY KIND **MUST BE A PREMIERE**!

Any film of any kind that has screened in and / around Toronto and /or the Province of Ontario in any kind of screening that may have slipped through our due diligence research and into the notification process will be automatically pulled from the current year line-up. No refunds will be offered. No Exceptions!
Best French Film
Best French Film - Narrative - Competition

Open to all French Films of ANY LENGTH. This category is open to French speaking directors of all levels from ANY Country.

Films in a language other than English must be subtitled IN ENGLISH

*ALL FILMS OF ANY KIND **MUST BE A PREMIERE**!
Best Canadian Film
Best Canadian Film - Competition
(Any Genre)

Open to all Narrative Films of ANY LENGTH. This category is open to directors of all levels from all over the World. Films in a language other than English must be subtitled.

*ALL FILMS OF ANY KIND **MUST BE A PREMIERE**!

Any film of any kind that has screened in and / around Toronto and /or the Province of Ontario in any kind of screening that may have slipped through our due diligence research and into the notification process will be automatically pulled from the current year line-up. No refunds will be offered. No Exceptions!
Best Foreign Film
Best Foreign Film - Competition
(Any Genre)

Open to all Narrative Films of ANY LENGTH. This category is open to directors of all levels from all over the World. Films in a language other than English must be subtitled.

*ALL FILMS OF ANY KIND **MUST BE A PREMIERE**!

Any film of any kind that has screened in and / around Toronto and /or the Province of Ontario in any kind of screening that may have slipped through our due diligence research and into the notification process will be automatically pulled from the current year line-up. No refunds will be offered. No Exceptions!

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Original. International. Indie. Anti-Niche!

ReelHeART International Film Festival is worldwide independent film festival held the 1st week in July in Toronto, Canada.

In 2004 our founder had a vision that a new film festival could be formed to fill the void created by the growing trend of 'niche' festivals.

After placing a Director as second in command, the shape and focus of ReelHeART became a reality and to this day constantly evolves to refine its mandate to put the spotlight on only the best in independent filmmaking from around the world.

Our niche is NO niche. We believe in all Cultures under one Roof. It's the same with our Films, Documentaries and Screenplays. We believe in cultural exchange of ideas and creative expression without borders and labels.

ReelHeART accepts films and documentaries of all genres, countries and film lengths. There are 14 Categories of Competition. Two of those categories are our Short Screenplay and Feature Screenplay Competition. Top Film Prize is the "Founder's Award" ('Best of the Fest').

ReelHeART is dedicated to supporting the need for exposure for ALL LEVELS of independent filmmakers around the world. We put emerging and student artists alongside established and master filmmakers in an effort that all filmmakers can be recognized for their art, rather than their credits.

We also have a goal to satisfy and challenge the interests of filmgoers and film supporters, to encourage, reward and celebrate the "Real HeART" of Independent Film and New Media.

Whether filmmaker, screenwriter, reviewer, media or industry professional, the welcome and networking opportunities you experience at ReelHeART will be talked about from one year to the next!

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

ReelHeART International Film And Screenplay Festival (ReelHeART) is for Films, Documentaries as well as Short and Feature Screenplays with Real Guts and 'Real Heart'.

We celebrate the Original. International. Independent and Non-Niche Voice of Independent Filmmakers and Screenwriters Worldwide.

Regardless of Genre, it's the story we're interested in.

Any Genre is accepted at ReelHeART: Feature and Short Narratives, Drama, Comedy, Black Comedy, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Film Noir, Satire, Mockumentary, Animation, Experimental, Music Videos, as well as Feature and Short Documentary, Profiles, Underground and more.

Screenwriters, we haven’t forgotten about you. Did you know that ReelHeART was the first Screenwriting Competition in the world that offered a Rehearsed Cast-to-Type Live Read for its Top 3 Feature Script Winners? Now we do that for our Top 3 Short Screenplay Winners too.

Also, unlike many other Screenwriting Competitions, we do NOT charge extra for Feedback.

Amazing things have happened to a large number of our Top 3 Winners: Agent representation, Options in the SIX FIGURES at big Hollywood studios like CAA, Paramount, and Disney. One of our writers even became a jury member for the Golden Globes and SlamDance.
Pretty cool huh?

Never entered a film festival before? ReelHeART should be your first film festival stop. Filmmaker's call us the "Filmmaker's Film Festival". Audiences refer to us as the "Cool Film Festival". Industry pros affectionately refer to us as "The Filmmaker's Bootcamp" as the only film festival that shows all levels of filmmakers 'the complete indie package' on how to hit the ground running with promotion, marketing, networking and how to garner distribution and sales interest..

The experience you gain at ReelHeART, the networking opportunities and the welcome you'll receive are among our priorities and quite possibly one of the top film festival experiences you'll ever have-

ORGANIZERS

David ReelHeART Coordinator; GG Gianfranco (ReelHeART Liaison); Shannonn Kelly

GENERAL RULES

GENERAL RULES - ENTRY and SUBMISSION GUIDELINES 2015-2016

FILMMAKERS PLEASE NOTE

DO NOT FedEx or COURIER YOUR ENTRY.
DO NOT TRY TO PERSONALLY DROP OFF YOUR FILM
WE NEED ALL ENTRIES TO BE POSTMARKED.

Films in a language other than English must be subtitled.

-SENDING YOUR FILM-
2 COPIES IN THE SAME ENVELOPE PLEASE! We require all entrants to send 2 copies of their films at the same time, in the same package. Personal drop-offs will not be accepted. We need a postmark-

1)Completion Date
Submitted films must have been completed September 2013

2) Foreign Films
All foreign language films must have English subtitles

3) Publicly Screened
If you are submitting a film that has already been publicly screened the you must disclose this information including date, city, country, theater etc. along with your entry form

3a) Premiere Status
All films MUST be a Premiere! ReelHeART MUST have a Premiere of some kind in order to keep your film "In Competition". Preferably your film will have never screened in Ontario,

3b) Hiding Your Premiere Status
If you accept screening in Toronto PRIOR to your screening at ReelHeART your film will be 1) Pulled from the final program and 2) Submission Fees will NOT be refunded.

ReelHeART does NOT recycle films from any of the other 85+ film festivals in the city our numerous others province-wide.

3c)Withdrawing your Submission
Submissions may NOT be withdrawn from ReelHeART once they have been submitted online or via post.

If a filmmaker demands to be withdrawn or has a conflict with premiere status, there will be up to a $300 Fine payable to ReelHeART. Post Print Date carrying the highest fine. This fine must be paid immediately upon receipt of notification from ReelHeART.

4) Student Films
We treat student films the same as any other film.
However, if your film is a Thesis Film and going into our Thesis Film Category (Introduced in 2009), you must disclose your film school information including graduation date (we don't care when it was, as this is open to ALL thesis films), city, country, school name & program enrolled in, school web site address etc. along with your entry form. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

5) Selection Process
The festival film reviewers determine which films will be selected for short listed programming. Their picks along with their scorecards for each film will be turned over to the ReelHeART Master Programmer / ReelHeART Managing Director / Programmer, who makes the final programming decisions on what films will ultimately screen during the ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival.

6) Packing Your Film
Please send your film in a BUBBLE WRAP package. Any other delivery package with stuffing other than bubble wrap will be discarded and disqualified. Entry Fee will NOT be returned.

7) Sending Your Film
2 Copies Please! WE REQUIRE ALL ENTRANTS TO SEND 2 COPIES OF THEIR FILMS AT THE SAME TIME, IN THE SAME PACKAGE. Personal drop offs will NOT be accepted

You must submit your Entry Fee in the form of a CERTIFIED CHECK or INTERNATIONAL MONEY ORDER or INTERNATIONAL BANK DRAFT along with your entry if you submit directly via the ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival web site within any of the deadlines.

8) Exhibition Media Submission Deadline
Deadline for receipt of Exhibition dubs AND all promotional material is May 01, 2016

9) Selection: If Your Film Is Selected
You will be notified via HIGH PRIORITY EMAIL if your film has been selected approximately 6 weeks prior to the ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival either by the ReelHeART Submissions Team or possibly a message via WAB.

Selection includes the ReelHeART Main Program and any ReelHeART Venue Program and any ReelHeART Special Screenings or Industry Screenings.

10) If Your Film Is NOT Selected
You will NOT be notified via EMAIL if your film has been NOT been selected. The ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival does notify some but not all submitters. Please check your wab account for any notes from the ReelHeART Submissions Team-

We especially notify, if your film was slightly edged out for screening and still is ON HOLD until we complete our Master Program. This has happened to about 6 films each season and it could happen to your film. We always hope for the best for all films submitted-

You are certainly welcome to email us about the status of your film but not until April 18, 2016 and/or all notifications have gone out

Please Note, depending on the score and suitability, there is the possibility for a film to move up from shortlist to a Venue (Salon) Screening or, from Venue to Main Program.

11) Additional Support Materials
If your film has been selected, you must submit additional support materials [if requested], clean exhibition media & signed releases no later than 8 weeks prior to ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival (ReelHeART).

11a)Additional Support Materials
when we ask: Please supply VIA EMAIL, 2 Production Still TIFFs [high resolution Tag Image File Format *tif] for the Official ReelHeART Program. Lower resolutions will NOT be ACCEPTED and you will have a blank spot in the Official Print program. The jpegs uploaded to WAB are not high enough resolution for our glossy print program.

12) Copyright Materials Releases
If your film has been selected, you may be asked to submit additional signed releases regarding your use of 3rd party copyright material no later than 6 weeks prior to ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival (ReelHeART).

12a) Copyright Materials Releases
In the alternative, you may be provided with our standard release voiding us of any responsibility with respect to the Exhibition of your project should it contain 3rd party copyright material unknown to any and all parties connected to ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival (ReelHeART).


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

If my film is selected I agree to communicate and confirm emails upon receipt. I understand that after 3 emails from ReelHeART, if they receive no confirmation from me, my film is subject to being pulled from the final program.

If my film is selected I will IMMEDIATELY begin my promotion campaign regarding my "Official Selection" and when known, my screening day, date and time.

I understand that I am not being asked to spend money that I may not have on promotion which is different that promoting my film.

I understand and accept that my role is not to just submit a film but to work together with ReelHeART and zealously promote my own screening.

I understand and accept I can promote my film in any media (that is available to me and does not compromise my budget for promotion) such as Radio, TV, Print, The Internet, Trailers, YouTube, MySpace, FaceBook, and any and all means via the Internet such as blogs and communities available to me locally, in Toronto and around the world.

I understand that ReelHeART has a PR Team that can help me write Press Releases as well as furnish me with ideas for promoting my film in Toronto at NO COST to me, and as a courtesy from ReelHeART.

I understand and accept that I am expected to send confirmations of my promotion activities to the ReelHeART PR Captain for their log. If they receive no promotional activity updates from me and cannot track any promotional activities for my film, I understand and accept my film is subject to being pulled from the the screening line up to make room for more pro-active filmmakers.

If my film is selected and if I have not done so already, I will submit additional support materials [if requested], clean exhibition media and signed releases no later than 6 weeks prior to ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival (ReelHeART).

If my film is been selected and if I have not done so already, I will submit additional signed releases regarding your use of 3rd party copyright material no later than 6 weeks prior to ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival (ReelHeART).